Universidade Lusófona Universidade Lusófona do Porto

Marco Fraga da Silva

Media Arts Creative Industries and Technology

Marco Fraga da Silva was born on the island of Faial in 1981. After completing his high school studies in Arts, he enrolled, in 1999, at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto, where he studied Communication Design – Graphic Art. During his degree he participated in the Erasmus mobility program at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Katowice, Poland, where he studied animation, photography and poster design. After completing his degree, he settled in Lisbon where he attended a course in animation at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Lisbon/CIEAM.

From 2007 to 2015, he was a teacher at the the Polytechnic Institute of Beja where he taught animation, video editing, scriptwriting, design, and arts. He was also part of the multidisciplinary team of the Multimedia Art and Communication Laboratory, where he developed research and several audiovisual and multimedia projects for the Alentejo region.

He founded, in 2009, a comics contest that is currently an international comic book triennial aimed at all Portuguese-speaking countries and the Portuguese diaspora. In 2017, he founded the Azorianidade channel, which provides several interviews with various artists residing in the Azores. Since November 2016, he has written a column on Digital Culture for the newspaper Açoriano Oriental. He is the vice-president of the Associação Tentáculo, an artistic association that publishes comic books and organizes several artistic events and exhibitions.

He is currently developing, with an FCT scholarship, a Ph.D. thesis in Media Art about transmedia storytelling, speculative fiction, worldbuilding, and comics. His goal is to create a transmedia franchise and develop a transmedia model for Portuguese creators. For more information about the project please visit the official website: www.chroniclesoftimeandspace.com.

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